Hometown Hearts (Tosha’s Review)

Title: Hometown Hearts
Author: M.L. Rhodes
Publisher: Self published
Release Date: March 21, 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 126,000 words
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5


Hunter Breckman and Jay Marshall became instant best friends when they were ten. But what if they’d always been destined for more? Time, distance, and personal struggles have kept them apart as adults. But maybe coming home to Colorado for the holidays is exactly the impetus two long-lost friends need to rekindle their relationship, heal their hurts, and discover the magic that’s always been there between them.

This was a really good book. I was very much into this book, so much so that I could not put it down. I even stayed up late just to finish this book because I really had to know how it ended. These two men really stole my heart. M.L. Rhodes did a tremendous job on this book that is for sure. I just love a book that is an unrequited love story. And this book was definitely that. Two best friends that lost touch with one another only to accidentally bump into one another again unexpectedly, one that is out in the open gay and the other a supposedly straight man who turns out to be not so straight after all…what is not to love??? This book is told from only Hunter’s point of view.

Hunter is totally brokenhearted by his boyfriend and business partner Shane. After coming home to catch Shane cheating on him with a would-be client, Hunter’s whole world is thrown into turmoil. He knows he will never forgive Shane for his betrayal but he is unsure of how they are going to handle the law firm they are in partnership together.

What Hunter does know is he is not going back to their condo and he does not want to talk to or see Shane right now. So after much debate with himself he decides to head to his hometown in Colorado to spend some time with his family for the Christmas holidays. He is really torn on whether this is a good decision or not but he does know he does not want to be alone right now either so home it is.

Turns out this is the best decision he could have ever made because he now realizes how much he has let Shane and Shane’s attitude influence his own. He also realizes how much he has missed his family and how much he has missed out on where his family is concerned.

After running into someone he does not expect to run into, Hunter gets a few surprises he never expected to get. Jay and Hunter have been best friends since grade school. They were pretty much inseparable until they went to college. Once they went to college, life happened and they lost touch. Now all these years later they have the opportunity to reconnect with one another and Jay and Hunter both have some revealing surprises for one another that neither expected.

Can two men that used to be best friends find a way back to the friendship they once had together? What will happen when secrets are revealed by both men? Can they work towards something more between them? Will Shane end up causing problems for these two if they do reconnect with each other?

This was such a great read. I truly enjoyed this book. The things these two men endured individually to become the men they are today was overwhelming. I loved how these two were able to pretty much pick up their friendship almost instantaneously. M. L. Rhodes did such an incredible job on this book. I truly look forward to more books in the future.

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Galley copy of Hometown Hearts provided by M.L. Rhodes in exchange of an honest review.


Hello, I am an avid reader of male/male books. I do not have a favorite genre when it comes to male/male books because I love all of them from romance, dark reads, paranormal, shifter, threesome, whatever I see that catches my eye at the time. I read books about rock stars, CEOs, military, cops, and just the original plain old good boy types of books. Basically when it comes to a book, I read whatever I am in the mood for at the time. So my tastes varies from day to day and sometimes even hour to hour.
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